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Hook drops libel action against journalist

A FORMER 'Sunday Tribune' journalist has expressed her relief that radio pundit George Hook has dropped his libel action against her.

The 'Sunday Tribune' radio critic, Eithne Tynan, said she was "very relieved" at the news that the radio personality has now decided not to pursue a libel action against her.

Mr Hook had instigated proceedings against the now defunct 'Tribune' after it published a review of a radio show he presented in October, which he claimed had defamed him.

He was annoyed by comments Ms Tynan made about a letter he read out on the show.

The 'Sunday Tribune' closed down last month. Mr Hook then began to take an action to pursue Ms Tynan personally.

A letter was sent to her demanding she take out an advertisement in a Sunday newspaper apologising to Mr Hook, whose barrister appeared in court on Monday to begin an action against Ms Tynan as a co-defendant with the newspaper.

However, according to Mr Hook, the legal action in relation to Ms Tynan is now "over, done and dusted".

The radio star claimed Ms Tynan had ignored his attempts to contact her and he "had only wanted an apology".

"I don't want her money," he said.

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, Ms Tynan said she was relieved that the pundit had dropped the libel action as she was "not in a position to pay any compensation to Mr Hook" as a result of losing her job.

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